First Build Help: $1000 - $400

I’m hoping to get some advice on my first build. I’m not a gamer, but do some video editing and home theater. I was hoping to keep the price closer to $1000, but as you can see I built mine a little higher. I do have wiggle room, but wanted to see if I am going overkill in some areas or any improvements to the build.

I would like to keep my build around the i7-950 since I prefer Intel and the i7-950 has come down to a reasonable price since I last checked. I also would like to have an SSD for my boot drive. Other needs, HDMI out, multitasking, video rendering, high speed Internet. Also something that is fast and can continue to upgraded. I’m also a little lost on the right PSU and graphic's card.

Total: $1,384.93
Bundled: CPU, Motherboard and Case: $599.99

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950

ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Bundled Memory& PSU $224.98

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply


SSD: $269.99
Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


HD: $109.99
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


Graphics Card: $79.99
SAPPHIRE 100296HDMI Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders: $99.99
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  1. Hello.

    I would really prefer an AMD Phenom II X6 build. You will cut down a lot of money and get closer to your ideal yet still retain similar performance. Not only will you save money on the CPU, you will also save a substantial amount of money on not needing a GPU and cheaper board.

    Depending on your budget you have the 1055T, 1075T or the 1090T. The 1055T costs $180 and the 1090T costs $230. The 1090T would probably be the best for you.

    You can get the GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H for $85

    And also the graphics card will not be required because of the IGP. All this comes to around $260 in savings which will put you a lot closer to your $1000 goal.

    Also the 750W PSU is overkill for your needs. You could look for a different one with around 500W. This should save you money further.

    I haven't looked for combos or anything as I'm not sure if you will agree with this AMD route. Please give it serious thought as it will be a very good system.
  2. I appreciate the AMD suggestion, but I'm one of those loyal Intel users. In April I researched an i5 build, but held off until the fall. Im not against going to i5, but I thought an i7 would be worth it if it gave my computer a longer shelf life.
  3. Best answer
    You know we have a name for "loyal Intel users", its "fanboys".

    The i7 is i5 with hyperthreading, wow thats a ton more shelf life. What programs do you use? If they don't use HT the X6 is going to excrete all over the i7 for way less price.

    Your brand preference is stupid like all brand preferences. I would have been happy if you said "I think that the i7 will be better suited for my application as *insert program here* uses HT efficiently".

    Besides that I do not like your fanboyisim, you can get the i7 at Microcenter for $70 less, they also allow pickup. Here it is:

    If you want to save some money you could get an i7 870 for $230 (same price) but then get a cheaper motherboard. There are no cheap X58 boards because they have heaps of features which are not required by you. Dropping to the 8XX will allow you to get a mainstream P55 motherboard for around $100, note you will still require a graphics card.

    Theres always a first for everything and AMD is the way to go. Unless your going high end gaming (5850 XFire +) or seeking HT AMD is better then intel at the moment.
  4. The Processor at Microcenter is for pick-up only. I don't live in a location that has a microcenter. I took your advice and priced out a i7-870 and came in below $1,000. Thoughts, changes? Is the graphic card, tower and power substantial for my needs and other components.

    CPU and Motherboard Combo
    Intel Core i7-860
    ASUS P7P55D-E Pro

    SAPPHIRE 100296HDMI Radeon HD 4670

    G.SKILL Phoenix Pro Series FM-25S2S-60GBP2 2.5" 60GB

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3

    Tower, Power and Memory
    RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612 w 500W Power Supply
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

    Subtotal: $974.93
  5. @ mosox
    Might want to make sure that the OP does not want to XFire/SLI.

    As said that PSU is likely terrible. Look for a good quality one not junk.
  6. I'll agree with Wolygon/Mosox that an AMD build with an IGP would be a lot better for your needs.

    That said, I don't think you'll be disappointed with the i7-9XX build's performance, just maybe the ~300$ (60$ more for CPU, 100 on motherboard, ~80 on a GPU) hole it'll leave in your pocket over a comparable AMD build.

    The i7-8xx is more reasonable (70 for CPU, 90 for mobo, 80 for GPU), especially since it's faster than the 9XX, but still quite expensive.
  7. Thanks for all the help...I just placed my order newegg order...

    Intel Core i7-860


    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

    Hard Drive
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    G.SKILL Phoenix Series FM-25S2S-120GBP1 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC

    Video Card
    XFX HD-567X-ZNF3 Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit DDR5

    Video Recorder w/HDMI Input
    AVerMedia AVerTV HD DVR MTVHDDVRR PCI-Express x1 Interface

    SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    DVD/CDROM Burner

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
  8. Best answer selected by spinphd480.
  9. Looks good, you'll have fun. Good luck! :)
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